I don´t know if it is for how long I have been aside from the bloggy world, or how busy this season of our my family´s life is, but I am having a hard time getting back into blogging full force.
I have things I have done, a birthday, a hair cut ;).
I have things God is doing. Much teaching I would love to write about to keep it record somewhere.
Lots of photos to share.
But still, never seem to get in here for long enough to do it.
But there is something important that I have to share. There is a huge ministry change that is is about to take place. And I must, and want, share it with all of you.
God is redirecting our ministry and is closing doors for us in Spain.
Do you know with your children. Sometimes, they are frustrating, sometimes they don´t listen, sometimes they even make you angry. But you love them the same right? You don´t want to leave them. You want to love them, you want to share with them, you want to spend time with them, you want to teach them. And you want to see them grow. Don´t you?
That is how I feel with the people in Spain. They are hard hearted. They don´t want to listen. They want to do it their way. But I still love them. I still have a burden for them. I want to see them save, and I want to see them grow. They are my people, and I was once just like them. I wanted to spend my life here telling them about Christ, no matter the cost.
Yeah, sure, I would complain some. But who doesn´t do that with the ones they love the most.
But a few months back, not too many, my husband and I were talking about things we could do, new ministries we could start, different approaches we could take. Excited was building up, there was so much to prepare, so much to plan, so much to do.
While he (my husband) was praying one day, he was begging God to show him of the great things He was going to do. Begging Him to show Him what to do next, what to do first, and making sure His plans were our plans. He was fasting and praying. God took him to Jeremiah, to a chapter where God talks about the people. Talking about how people had turn their ears because they didn´t want to hear, they had turn their hearts into diamond. Hard as it could be. God showed my husband we were done with the work He brought us to do in Granada and that He wasn´t going to start a church with us here (not that He wasn´t going to start a church, just that He wasn´t going to do it with us). We were done here.
Now, I would love to say that we didn´t fight, but we did. We didn´t want to leave, but God´s guiadance is so clear. If we were to stay, we were going to do it alone.
So we prayed. About helping other missionaries in Spain. About starting some other place in Spain. But no was the answer.
So we prayed. About another country, about another kind of ministry. But no was the answer.
So finally my husband felt God clearly telling us to go back. Why? I don´t know, but I know He knows why, and that is all I need to know.
So we are taking a step of faith by leaving everything without knowing what is to come. We have sold everything when we came here, thinking our days were going to end here.
Our thoughts are not His thoughts, and our ways are not our ways. But we trust Him, because He is God.
We have peace, and we have joy knowing we are doing His will.
So, my house is almost empty, we have sold everything :) We are selling our car and this friday will be our last day in Granada. Then, we will head up to Madrid to spend Christmas with my family. And the 29th we will take a flight back to Madison, Alabama, to our home church.
I am adding a link to our ministry web page in case you want to read our prayer letter.
So here it is, what it has been going on with us the last couple of months ;).
Pray for us. My husband will be looking for a secular job.
And yes, I am a little sad because I am leaving Spain, but also so excited because I know this is God´s will. I am so glad He loves me.
To God be the glory, great things He has done!